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Softball Factory to Conduct Four Clinics for Little League Softball

Softball Factory to Conduct Four Clinics for Little League Softball

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Little League Softball and the Softball Factory, a newly created extension of the Baseball Factory, are partnering to hold a series of four clinics this spring for any interested Little League Softball players.

"The Softball Factory clinics will provide a platform for Little League Softball players to not only learn the latest training techniques, but also find out where their skills are with the evaluation part of the clinics," Sara Thompson, Director of Softball Development, said. "One of our goals is to provide some of the tools needed so that each player can become as good as they can. The Softball Factory clinics will provide that for our players."

The first Little League Youth Clinic and Skills Challenge, powered by the Softball Factory, will be held on March 6 in Tampa, Fla. The clinic will be held at the Palma Ceia Little League Complex from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The one-day instructional workout is exclusive to any interested Little League softball player, league-age 8-12. This will be the first event put on by the Softball Factory.

Instruction for each clinic will be conducted by the Softball Factory staff, led by Lea Ann Jarvis, the Director of Softball Operations for Softball Factory. She coached Division I college softball for 17 years and played professionally and for the USA National Team, which won the 1986 World Championship. Under her direction, the Softball Factory's experienced staff of former college coaches and players will provide expert softball training for all Little League players.

The players will participate in fun challenges that will test their performance in different essential softball skills. The areas the players will be evaluated in include foot speed, base running, fielding, hitting and pitching. Clinic instruction will take place both in a one-on-one situation as well as a group setting.

Following the completion of the clinic, each player will receive a written evaluation that will identify each child's strengths while suggesting areas for improvement. It will also let each child know where they rate compared to the average youth softball player. Each player also will be given information with drills and tips that will help in their continued development.

"The extension of Baseball Factory to include softball will allow all Little League players the opportunity to receive the best instruction and evaluation processes currently available," Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. "The first year of our relationship with Baseball Factory has been beneficial for Little League players, and I think the same will be done now for our softball players. This is yet another exclusive advantage of League membership, in a long list of benefits."

Other Little League Youth Clinic and Skills Challenge training opportunities conducted by the Softball Factory will be held in Bristol, Conn., Baltimore, Md. (May 15), and Tucson, Ariz. (June 8).

More information on any of the four clinics or a registration form can be found on the Softball Factory website at: www.Softball-Factory.com. The company is based in Columbia, Md.

In March 2009, Baseball Factory became a Little League sponsor as the exclusive and official Player Development Partner of Little League Baseball. Recently, Baseball Factory expanded to include a softball division and the new division immediately became a partner with Little League.

About Softball Factory
Softball Factory provides softball players nationwide with the very best instruction, college planning and guidance. Softball Factory has developed programs to provide players, parents, high school coaches and college coaches with year-round advice and training so that they all can benefit from Softball Factory's relationships in the softball community. Softball Factory is a division of Baseball Factory. Baseball Factory has been a leader of player development, tournaments and college guidance for high school baseball players for the past 16 years. Baseball Factory has more than 270 players who have played or are currently playing in the Majors.